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Posted inCritical thinking, Philosophy

C.S. Lewis and the Argument from Wishing

Reading Time: 10 minutes Yesterday I posted the first of what I plan to become a series of chapter reviews of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I know I’m late to this game—others have already dissected this work many times over—but I’ve never written out my own thoughts for those who would want to know them. It’s long overdue. […]

Posted inCulture, News, Politics, Religion

The Culture Wars Have Jumped the Shark

Reading Time: 9 minutes When I was in college and seminary, my professors were always sounding the alarm over the postmodern condition, warning us that the loss of a central guiding “worldview” in America would produce culture wars in which every group and cultural identity would spar with each other, fighting for greater control of the public sphere. Then […]

Posted inReligion

How ‘be not afraid’ endangers us all

Reading Time: 4 minutes I think I’ve finally put my finger on what’s beneath my frustration with my fellow Southerners during this global pandemic—I mean besides the mortal peril into which their continued science denialism is putting us all, both in the short term (see COVID-19) and in the long (see climate change). I was already exasperated with their […]

Posted inHealth, News, Philosophy, Religion, Science

The Coronavirus and a Better Gospel

Reading Time: 6 minutes As you may already know, last night President Trump phoned in an interview to Hannity and brazenly disagreed with the World Health Organization about the fatality rate of the latest global health threat, the COVID-19 virus. Viewing the appearance of the Coronavirus as more of a public relations issue than as a matter of public health, Trump takes […]

Posted inHistory

Deconstructing the end of the world

Reading Time: 13 minutes Back in the 7th grade, I got invited to a weekend-long retreat put on by my church in homes scattered all over the city. It was still the mid-1980s, and the Cold War had not yet fizzled out, so we were still obsessed with whether or not the Russians were going to nuke us, a fact which preachers and […]

Posted inUncategorized

Episode 20: Five Times Jesus Sounded Like a Humanist

Reading Time: 14 minutes I’ve said before that I’m not much of a fan of Jesus. If the reports of what he taught his followers have any truth to them, he said a number of things to which I object (and I don’t mean just the parts about believing in invisible spirits). [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ] […]